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Ellen DeGeneres on Why She Almost Didn’t Host the Oscars Again, Interest in More Dramatic Roles and More

Ellen DeGeneres on Why She Almost Didn't Host the Oscars Again, Interest in More Dramatic Roles and More

Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres sat down with Parade Magazine days before the big show to discuss all things movies and Academy Awards, including why her initial reaction to hosting for a second time around was “no,” on her decision to not dance on the Kodak stage, on being the inspiration for current Oscar nominee Sandra Bullock’s 1999 hit “Miss Congeniality” and more. Interview highlights, below.

On why she initially said no to hosting the Oscars again (her 2007 hosting earned her an Emmy nomination):

“Everybody who works with me thought I was crazy.  But the person who lives with me—Portia—was
on my side.  She thought, ‘I don’t need
to go through this, either.  She’s gonna
be stressed.’”

On why she said yes in the end:

“I thought, ‘All right, let me scare myself again.’  It’s good to do something that scares you.”

On NOT dancing on Sunday’s Oscars:

“I’m not going to be dancing.  I dance on my show.  I don’t think people need to see that every
time I do anything.”

On beating out Jennifer Aniston for the supporting role in 1999’s “EDtv”:

“Jen Aniston is my friend and she recently reminded me that
I beat her out of that.  I got the part
and Jen Aniston didn’t!  That’ll probably
be the only time that happens.”

On being the inspiration for the film “Miss Congeniality”:

“Miss Congeniality was written based on me.  When I was getting ready to cohost the Emmys,
the writer saw me [on TV] learning how to walk in a dress and heels.  My stylist at the time—a man—was teaching me,
and it was hilarious.  The Miss
Congeniality writer saw it and thought it was brilliant.”

On maybe taking on an
occasional dramatic film role:

“Okay, I’ll do that. 
Put that I’m available for small roles. 
If they give me the right one, I promise I’ll be nominated for an Oscar,
if not win… You know what?  I can tell
people that on Oscar night.”

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